Gym Dogs Defeat No. 19 Maryland

ATHENS - The No. 2-ranked Georgia Gym Dogs (5-0) opened their home slate on Saturday with a 195.825-188.300 win over the No. 19-ranked Maryland Terrapins (1-1) with a crowd of 9,323 at Stegeman Coliseum.

Courtney Kupets paced the Gym Dogs with a 39.475 in the individual all-around competition while Katie Heenan contributed a 39.375.

"We had a lot of ups and downs today," said Georgia head coach Suzanne Yoculan. "We had some 9.9s and some low scores. You could tell it was the beginning of the season. The landings are still difficult and they do not have the confidence that they need to have. But that's just because it's the beginning of the season. Today's performance was a significant improvement from last week."

Georgia vaulted to the lead in the first rotation after posting a 49.025 while Maryland tallied a 47.975 on the uneven bars. Tiffany Tolnay led the Gym Dogs with a season-high score of 9.90. Courtney Kupets and Heenen contributed scores of 9.825 and 9.80, respectively.

The Gym Dogs extend their lead to 98.250-94.550 in the second rotation after earning a season-high 49.225 on the uneven bars. Courtney Kupets led all Georgia competitors with a 9.95 while Heenan turned in a 9.875. Audrey Bowers rounded out the top three Georgia scores after tying her career high with a 9.825.

Georgia turned in its lowest score of the afternoon on the balance beam with a 48.375. Tolnay's season-high score of 9.90 paced all Gym Dogs. Hennan (9.825) and Courtney Kupets (9.8) were the only other Gym Dogs to score above a 9.80 in the event.

Courtney Kupets' 9.90 on the floor exercise proved to be the high score in the event as the Gym Dogs closed out the meet with a 49.200. Four additional Gym Dogs tallied scores of 9.8 or higher with Heenan leading the way with a 9.875.

Georgia returns to action on Fri., Jan. 20, when it hosts the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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